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Don't try to rob this bank
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TROY, MO.Maybe the bank robber couldn’t see very well through the holes in his mask — the face of Chucky from the “Child’s Play” horror movies — as he walked into Peoples Bank & Trust Tuesday afternoon.
After all, it says right on the door that concealed weapons are allowed in the bank. They’re practically encouraged by the sign: “Management recognizes the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as an unalienable right of all citizens.”

So when the robber walked out of the bank a short time later with a red bank bag full of cash, maybe he shouldn’t have been surprised that bank president David W. Thompson followed him out to the parking lot. Thompson watched the masked robber get in a Ford pickup parked in a handicapped spot up front, then pulled his Colt .380 handgun and pointed it at the man.

“Sir, get out of the truck,” Thompson, 58, recalled demanding. “You’re not going anywhere.”

And when the man put his hand in his jacket pocket, as if he had a weapon, Thompson scolded him again.

“You don’t want to go there,” Thompson said. “This will end badly.”

Fortunately the robber listened. It turned out the man had no weapon of his own. Thompson and another bank official who also carries his own weapon pulled the man from the truck and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime...c1539.html
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I think the robber is lucky to be alive. If that had been a cop holding him at gunpoint, that furtive movement would have probably been his last.
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Well he will get three hots and a cot now.
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streaker69;33484 Wrote:I think the robber is lucky to be alive. If that had been a cop holding him at gunpoint, that furtive movement would have probably been his last.

Along with his dog (even if it wasn't there) and a few innocent bystanders.
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Well played by the bank owner! Glad this ended well for the bank and its employees.
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article Wrote:So when the robber walked out of the bank a short time later with a red bank bag full of cash, maybe he shouldn’t have been surprised that bank president David W. Thompson followed him out to the parking lot. Thompson watched the masked robber get in a Ford pickup parked in a handicapped spot up front, then pulled his Colt .380 handgun and pointed it at the man.

I'm surprised no one questioned this, so I will...

If SHTF, would Mr. Thompson have a justified shoot?
I don't see how following someone to the parking lot, then drawing on them would be a justifiable self defense situation.

In my opinion, the moment he followed the robber he became the aggressor.

Don't get me wrong though I applaud someone standing up for theirself against crime, but this seems borderline vigilantly. Which I'm sure would have gotten him torn apart in a court of law.
If he were to have taken action inside the bank I could see a better defense arguement there.
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Aren't there provisions in law for using deadly force to stop or prevent a felony?

I wouldn't have done it, but I'm glad no one was killed.
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If I ever have to move to Troy, MO I know which bank I'll be using!
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halftrack;33811 Wrote:Aren't there provisions in law for using deadly force to stop or prevent a felony?

I wouldn't have done it, but I'm glad no one was killed.

For select felonies, lethal force can be used to prevent them. IIRC, anyone can make an arrest for a felony they witnessed as long as they are in fresh pursuit of the actor. The guy just robbed the bank. It is not unreasonable to assume he was armed, so in this case I think the employees' defensive display was appropriate.
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